• Ford motor
    Article: Oct 15, 2019

    One in three car firms are cutting jobs, according to latest reports. Newcastle Liberal Democrats business lead Cllr Robin Ashby commented :

    "It is time Boris Johnson woke up to the fact that the manufacturing sector, and the automotive industries in particular, are suffering badly from Brexit-related uncertainty. Jobs are being lost, investment is down sharply, and confidence is low. In the region this affects not just Nissan but the whole supply chain of nearly 30,000 people dependant on it and other manufacturers. We are the only region with a positive balance of trade in manfactures - what's bad for Britain is worse for the North East.

    "Brexit will be disastrous for British business, but the Conservative Government know this. They simply don't care. We know Boris Johnson's disregard for business, but we must be clear that this will mean people right across the country losing their livelihoods. Liberal Democrats demand better.

    "The only route out of this mess is to stop Brexit. The best deal possible for our car makers and others is the one we already have as members of the European Union and the one Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for."

  • Wendy Taylor
    Article: Sep 9, 2019

    This week the UK has been saved by the Rebel Alliance - isn't that a wonderful name! Actually politics does seem a bit like Star Wars at the moment, Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor, LIberal Democrats parliamentary candidate for Newcatle East, told a public meeting at the Monument in Newcastle this wekend. She went on :
    People often say that politicians should work together for the good of the country and that's exactly what has happened this week. I've been inspired to see Liberal Democrats, Labour, Green, Plaid Cymru, SNP, independents and moderate Conservative MPs and peers coming together to prevent one of worst abuses of power this country has ever seen.
    Boris Johnson seems determined to force the UK to crash out of the EU. He still seems to believe that the EU will back down at the last minute, but we all know that won't happen. And he doesn't have a plan B. To achieve his aim he decided to shut down the democratically elected Parliament for 5 weeks at a time when the UK is trying to deal with a vital issue that could affect all of us for generations. It was an utterly disgraceful manoeuvre and I'm disappointed it hasn't been found to be illegal. Now he's trying to force a GE on Oct 15th. But the rebel alliance has upset his plans with the bill that was passed yesterday to prevent a No Deal Brexit and by refusing to have a GE before an extension has been agree with the EU. Parliament has taken back control from a dysfunctional, extremist, minority Government with no mandate for what they are trying to do. To those who tell us this is undemocratic and ignores the will of the people, I'd point out that we would already have left the EU if members of the current Government hadn't decided to vote against Teresa May's deal. I'm delighted we haven't left the EU, but it's actually their fault
    This week we've also seen 21 Tory MPs decide to put their country first against the wishes of their party and in full knowledge that this could mean the end of their careers and their livelihood. I probably don't agree with them on most other issues, but I think we should all applaud their courage It was appalling that they were thrown out of the Conservative party and I bet Mr Johnson is now regretting that action.
    So why should we be so pleased that a No Deal Brexit has been averted. Crashing out of Europe isn't an outcome anyone voted for and would be disastrous for the UK and especially for us in the North East
    I'm a doctor and I'd like to concentrate of what crashing out of Europe would mean for health. Just a few days ago the BMA, a highly respected organisation, published a report called leaving the EU without a deal is a leap in the dark
    The report says" We know current preparations for no deal are inadequate. This is exemplified by the millions of pounds wasted when the government mishandled a procurement contract for medicine supplies after Brexit, which included contracting with a shipping company with no ships. The government talks of "turbo charging" preparations to leave without a deal, supported by a major information campaign to prepare business and the public for such an event, but leaked documents and informed analysis contradict public reassurances, highlighting the risk of serious damage including, but not limited to, consumer panic, trade disruption, and financial market volatility.
    The report also points out that in the 46 years that the UK has been a member of the EU, almost every aspect of life has been guided by European laws and policies. So, any analysis of the effect of leaving must, of necessity, be both partial and simplified. But the risks the BMA see are a series of losses.
    • Loss of money, as the economy contracts and the prices of imported goods rise
    • Loss of people, as a consequence of reduced migration of key workers from EU countries
    • Loss of government capacity, as the civil service, already depleted by many years of cutbacks, is diverted to managing the consequences of Brexit
    • Loss of access to European institutions, many of which fulfil roles that will need to be recreated by government, such as for approval of medicines
    • Loss of the rules by which international trade takes place, and which have evolved enormously to allow for the free movement of goods and services within the EU
    • Loss of societal norms, such as trust in government that could pave the way for civil disorder, especially in the face of shortages of food and medicines. And related to this is the threat, recently highlighted by the police in Northern Ireland, of increased violence there as paramilitary groups exploit community tensions encouraged by Brexit.
    Among the other areas affected by Brexit that have implications for health, the most important is government finances, with consequences for areas as diverse as welfare, industrial policy, local government, social care, and the NHS. The others are trade, law and order, food and agriculture and infrastructure problems which have serious health implications, such as water and transport.
    So the BMA is calling on the government to be honest and spell out the many threats a no deal Brexit poses for health.
    But of course stopping us crashing out of the EU is just the first step.
    I'm a Liberal Democrat and a proud European. My mother came to this country as a refugee from Nazi Germany, so I feel particularly strongly about the 74years of peace the EU has helped ensure. I'm sure she's turning in her grave over what is happening to her country. I firmly believe that Britain is stronger in Europe and will continue to everything I can to Stop Brexit. Whether it's via a general election or a People's Vote I will be campaigning all out for Remain. Lets' all work together for that aim. So let's hear you shout
    Bollocks to Brexit!

  • Bee poster
    Article: Sep 1, 2019

    Bees are essential for pollination, yet their population is under pressure. There are fears that EU standards will be ditched if Brexit happens, and even more will disappear

  • Jo Swinson MP
    Article: Aug 19, 2019

    I am determined to do whatever it takes to stop Brexit, and the Liberal Democrats will continue to lead the Remain cause, as the strongest, and most
    consistent party arguing that our best future is in the European Union, says Jo Swinson MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
    In just eleven weeks, however, our country faces an immediate crisis: crashing out of the EU without any deal. The most cavalier and catastrophic of Brexits: putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs, public services including our NHS, and even our national security.

  • Cllr Dr Aidan King
    Article: Aug 15, 2019

    "The Government has told the NHS to be ready to start charging EU citizens for treatment immediately after exit day. This policy demonstrates that Boris Johnson has no intention of honouring the promise he made to the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK. Both the Leave campaign and the Conservative Government promised that their rights would not change after Brexit, but this policy would deprive more than 2 million of their right to NHS care, free at the point of use," says Dr Aidan King, for Newcastle Liberal Democrats.

  • Jane Dodds MP
    Article: Aug 12, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats winner of the Brecon & Radnorshire by election has written for the Metro paper rejecting the Tories' proposals for Brexit https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/03/boris-johnson-my-by-election-win-proves-people-dont-want-your-brexit-10507271/

  • Cllr Dr Aidan King
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    I'm Aidan and I work as Junior Doctor in the northeast NHS. When I was asked to do this talk I approached my consultant and asked her opinion on Brexit as a preamble to getting her thoughts on the topics I should talk about. Dr Sarah Jordan said "well Aidan, it's not going to be good, and it's going to be even worse for our region, in fact I feel so strongly about it that I joined the Liberal Democrats and ran as a councillor". Wow, I said, so did I.

  • Bollocks to Brexit
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    "To see the economy shrink by 0.4% - the biggest one-month fall in 3 years - just shows the extent to which the Conservative Government is damaging our economy. It was only being kept going by stock piling for a No Deal Brexit," commented Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks on the economy and business for Newcastle Liberal Democrats.

    "While business wants reassurance, the last three months demonstrate the immense uncertainty facing businesses, particularly those in export activities. Economically illiterate proposals being touted by the candidates hoping to take over from Theresa May signal that the Tories have abandoned any sense of fiscal responsibility.

    "The Conservatives were warned by Donald Tusk not to waste this time. Yet they continue putting party before country, causing more uncertainty in the process which threatens people's livelihoods right across the country. A new Conservative leader cannot change the parliamentary arithmetic, nor the facts of the negotiations.

  • Ford motor
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    After yet more closures and redundancies as Ford says their engine plant in Bridgend will close in September 2020 with the loss of 1,700 jobs, Newcastle Liberal Democrats business spokesperson Cllr Robin Ashby said:

    This decision is a devastating body-blow for the thousands of workers who now face redundancy. The UK Government must urgently work with Welsh Ministers to support these employees.

    Like other motor manufacturers including Nissan in our region, Ford's engine plant will not have been immune from the devastation that Brexit is wreaking right across the motor industry and the wider economy. It's time Brexiteers faced up to that. This is not taking control of our economy as they claim.

    People deserve better than this. They deserve an opportunity to reject this mess. That is why the Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for a People's Vote and the chance to stop Brexit.

  • Brexit posters
    Article: May 21, 2019
    After nearly 30 years as a Labour activist and the last few as a Labour Councillor, I have with a heavy heart decided I will be voting Liberal Democrat in the European Election on Thursday 23rd May.
    I have studied the local and national polls and other election statistics. It has been grim reading and I have found it impossible to see how voting Labour can stop the Brexit Party winning two seats in the North East.

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